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    The Signal Man

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    Charles Dickens has created this short story by building tension and climax from the start to the end. One of his many ways of building tension is through his descriptive passages and dark-toned speech of the Signal man - and occasionally the narrator. There is a very powerful opening as the Narrator shouts "Halloa! Below there!", which are key words throughout this chilling short story. The exclamation marks at once produces an alarming suspense and raises tension as the reader cannot acknowledge

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    The Signal Man

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    The Signal Man Through out the story Dickens has created a sense of horror and suspension in his description of the setting, landscape, physical surroundings and the weather conditions. At the start of the story the signal man hears a voice shouting down to him from up above, instead of looking up in the direction he heard the voice coming from, he turned himself about and looked down the line. This seems rather odd as you would normally look to where you heard the voice. The man shouting

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    short description of what the essay is trying to achieve. Word Count. Compare how Dickens creates a sense of mystery and menace in the ‘Black Veil’ and the ‘Signal Man’. Explain how he uses these theories to explore his theme? The opening of both stories are quite different. The Black Veil is written in the third person and The Signal man is written in the first person narrative. The Black Veil creates an atmosphere of cosiness and warmth which is created by the items of clothing which are

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    Suspense - The Signal Man The author of The Signal Man immediately creates suspense by using anonymous quotes, which gives a sense of mystery. Dickens begins by avoiding using terms that identify ownership, i.e. “When he heard a voice thus calling to him”. The 2nd person in the story is the signal man, who at this point is acting in a very peculiar manner. This produces suspicion amongst the reader and thus generates interest or suspense. Throughout the entire novel, Charles Dickens

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    How do the writers create a sense of suspense? Fictional text need to be interesting so that the reader likes it. Many writers use many different things to capture their reader’s interest. Both Charles Dickens and WW Jacobs, in the Signalman and the monkeys paw both use different ways to try and keep the interest of their reader. The Signalman and the Monkey paw, are very similar both are horror stories set in 0ne location with very few characters. Even though they seem similar, they are

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    Atmosphere in Charles Dickens' The Signalman 'The Signal-man' is a ghostly thriller by Charles Dickens. Based on an apparently hallucinating signal-man and the tales of his hallucinations, the story is seen through the eyes of the narrator, a man told of the signal-mans troubles during conversations with the signal-man himself. From the beginning of the story, the atmosphere is both eerie and gloomy. To produce this type of atmosphere, Dickens had to draw on several different aspects

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    four short stories I have read, , 'The Signalman', The Red Room', 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' and 'The Withered Arm' also I will be looking at how the writers have created an atmosphere. The four stories are all of mystery and try to keep the reader gripped until the end, all have areas in which there is suspense. In 'The Signalman' Charles Dickens keeps the reader in suspense because when the ghost visits the signal man you don't really know who the haunting warning is for. In 'The Red Room'

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    Room' by H.G Wells because it is from before nineteen fourteen. The story is about a man who stays in a room in an old castle to disprove the alleged existence of a ghost. Also from before nineteen fourteen is 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens, it is about a man who visits a signal man and hears how he has had supernatural encounters with someone or something. A story from after nineteen fourteen is 'Man from the South' by Roald Dahl. In this story a sailor bets his finger for a sports car

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    the 1800’s: “The Red Room” by H.G.Wells where a man goes into an apparently haunted room and although he is warned by other old characters he does not listen and the tension builds up as he goes into the room where fear gets the better of him in a room which might not be haunted in the end. The other short story is “The Signalman” by Charles Dickens. In The signalman a man lives separated from the real world living a lonely life as a signal man at a train station and thinks he might be being

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    piece of work is an analysis of the short story called the signalman by Charles dickens. “The signal man” is set in the mid 19th century. The main setting is that of right beside a train tunnel where the main character the signal man stays to let trains through etc.The storyline is set mostly in the night time. The story has an eerie effect on me as a reader. While I was reading the signal man I picked up on the tense atmosphere. At one point early on in the story, there’s a moment which

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    automatically absorbs the reader enabling the audience to detect the deeper meaning, unlike the 'The Signalman'. Not only was the age of Dickens' script evident in his style of writing, but also in the actions and reactions of his characters. Both the signal man and the narrator were uncomfortably polite and their language was noticably archaic: 'I do apologise sir, but you were without your box'. 'The Signalman' opens with a lot of shouting and commotion. This is the first indication that something

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    happen. Dickens describes his main character the signalman as an' dark sallow' 'dark beard', 'heavy eyebrows'. This creates the impression of a stereotypical average Victorian villain. Which is creates suspense towards the reader to what is the man like but later in the story this

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    suspense. 'The Signalman', by Charles Dickens, is a pre-20th century story which is set in the 1800's. It takes place by a train line and in a signal box which is occupied by the signalman. In the story the signalman befriends a man and later confides in him that he has seen an 'appearance' at the entrance to the train tunnel. He tells the man, who is the narrator of the story, that after he has seen the appearance something bad has always happened. After the first sighting, a train crash

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    gloomy and angry sunset to portray it is quite a scary maybe a dark and cold place. The Signalman is set in a 'Signal-box by a gloomy railway cutting with its dark tunnel' Lamb to the slaughter, being set in a house is completely different and delivers more of a calm and peaceful atmosphere. They don't seem to have many similarities. The theme to The Signalman is that of a man describing his experience of meeting a Signalman being haunted by a ghost. This ghost seemed to be warning him

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    In order to compare the literary styles of Dickens and Hardy I will use 'The Signalman´ by Charles Dickens and 'The Withering Arm´ by Thomas Hardy. 'The Signalman´ features a lonely train signalman who works in signal box by a railway cutting. He has been visited by a "spectre" which appears just before a fatal accident takes place. The other main character, who is also the narrator, meets the signalman and is told of his sightings. They try to interpret the

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    with a repetition of my idle question" this shows us that the narrator was speaking to the signalman and got no reply but the narrator did not want to repeat his question and pressure the signalman into replying. The one I liked most was 'The Signal man' I enjoyed this more because it was much more interesting and a lot more detailed than ' The Listeners' also in the poem nothing was explained and it was a little confusing where as in the story most things were described well and some explanation

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    as pronouns and repetition of words. The Signalman, by Charles Dickens, is about a powerless man who is visited by a traveller (the narrator of The Signalman). The story is inspired by a railway accident that Dickens was involved in, where the train was derailed and ten people were killed. The whole story revolves around just two characters, the narrator and the Signalman. The powerless man works as a Signalman for the passing trains and lives near by the train track. The railways were

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    character of the Signalman, when in fact, I believe, it is in relation to the ghostly apparition, which gives 'Signals' to the haunted signalman in his secluded box. At the end of the story the reader has become sympathetic towards the signalman after going through a range of feelings from mysteriousness to trustworthiness. Relationship between characters The abnormality of the Signal man seems to decrease after every visit that the Narrator attends, although the climax increases and more incomplete

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    Suspense and Tension in Charles Dickens' The Signalman In the Charles Dickens' story the narrator meets the signalman who is confessing to him his problems. The narrator comes every night to find out that the signalman was seeing a ghost of a man, who was pointing out that certain train accidents are going to happen. After a few days the narrator goes peacefully to the signalman's shed, and finds out that he mysteriously died. The signalman at the train station sees sightings of a ghost

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    way down to the railway he feels as if he 'had left the natural world'. The reader can imagine for himself or herself the way the mind could play tricks on anyone there. The introduction then merges into the sense sight. Dickens describes the Signal Man's bodily movements to reinforce his actions providing more to the bazaar circumstances, Dickens uses pathetic fallacy as he describes an "…angry sunset…" to adjoin to increase dramatic tension. As the story progresses the sense of touch

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